During the monsoon months, not all but most of the national parks in India close their doors for wildlife enthusiasts, mainly because of overflowing rivers and lakes, and water logging problem. As the rainy season has bid goodbye, the Indian national parks are now all set to welcome their human friends for activities like wildlife viewing, bird watching and more. Following are the speculative opening dates of national parks in India.
Opening Date – 15 October 2020
Asia’s first National Park; Jim Corbett National Park is located in the Ramgarh District of Uttarakhand and is one of the best national parks in India. This game reserve is home to the endangered Royal Bengal tigers as well as various species of mammals that include leopard, barking deer, Himalayan black bears, chintals, leopard cats and Indian elephants etc. More than 586 species of avifuana has also been regarded in Jim Corbett National Park.
How to Reach Corbett National Park
Corbett does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Dehra Dun Airport (110 km away)
Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi (182 km away).
Instead of Corbett one could get a train to Gaushala on regular basis from where the park is located just 34 kms away. Yet another nearest rail head is located 34 kilometers away at Kotdwar.
Buses don’t ply to Corbett directly from any major cities. The nearest bus stand is Dhumakot located 34 km away and the other one is Kotdwara located 35 km away.
Opening Date – 16 October 2020
Kanha national Park is where Rudyard Kipling is said to have got inspiration to write his famous Jungle Book. Kanha is one of the finest national parks in India where there is good probability of spotting the tiger in their natural habitat. The opening date of this national park is 16th October this year. Earlier, it used to open on the 01st of October every year.
How to Reach Kanha National Park
There are daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Jabalpur (3-4 hours), Nagpur (6 hours) and Raipur (5 hours) by Spice Jet, Air India and Jet Airways. Road transfer can be organized from the airports.
One can reach Kanha National Park by a private charter plane also. There is a small air strip available near kanha in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh State which is about 100kms. away from Kanha National Park – Mukki entrance gate and about 140kms from Kanha Kisli/Khatia gate.
Nearest railheads are located in Jabalpur(3 hours), Nagpur (5 hours) and Gondia (3 hours) which are well served by Indian railways from all parts of the country.
Nearest cities from Kanha National Park are Jabalpur, Raipur, Nagpur. Jabalpur & Nagpur is on National Highway-7 which connects Varanasi from Kanyakumari. Anyone can reach Kanha from these cities by surface transfers. Among them Jabalpur is the closest to Kanha Tiger Reserve i.e, about 165kms. and road condition is also favourable.
Opening Date – 16 October 2020
As opposed to the earlier directive of the forest department, the opening dates of the national parks in Madhya Pradesh have been postponed from normal date which used to be 01st of October to 16th of October. The delay in opening date of this national park and others in the state has been in effect to boost the tourism as well as to provide more buffer time for animals residing in the park. Bandhavgarh National Park is considered to be the finest of all National Parks in India when it comes to chances of sighting the Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. Once this reserve used to be the only home to White Tigers but sadly they are extinct now. Jeep safaris as well as elephant safari are available in this national park.
How to Reach Bandhavgarh National Park
The nearest airports to reach Bandhavgarh are located in Khajuraho (270 kms) and Jabalpur (190 kms)
Katni junction (95kms) is the nearest railway station from where its a 2.5 hours ride to this national park
Bandhavgarh National Park is well connected with Kanha & Panna National Park and allows easy access from major towns like Jabalpur, Satna, Khajuraho and Rewa.
- Delhi – 880 Kms (approx. 21 hours)
- Khajurao – 280 Kms (approx. 6 hours)
- Satna – 112 Kms (approx. 4 hours)
- Katni – 95 Kms (approx. 2 hours)
- Kanha National Park – 240 Kms (approx. 6 hours)
- Jabalpur – 220 Kms (approx. 4 hours)
- Varanasi – 475 Kms (approx. 9 hours)
- Allahabad – 345 Kms (approx. 7 hours)
- Rewa – 225 Kms (approx. 4 hours)
- Umaria – 34 Kms (approx. 1 hour)
Opening Date – 1 October, 2020
Yet another of the popular national parks in India is Ranthambore National Park located in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan. Formerly the royal hunting ground of the maharajas of Amer, the park is now a protected area with home to several species of plant, mammals and reptiles. As with other game reserve, tigers happen to be the major tourist draw.
How to Reach Ranthambore National Park
The nearest airport is in Jaipur, which is only a four-hour-drive away from Ranthambore. Jaipur is an important domestic airport is linked to the major cities like: Delhi, Mumbai.
The nearest railway station from Ranthambore is Sawai Madhopur. Many important trains service this stations connecting Sawai Madhopur to cities like Jaipur, Delhi and Mumbai
The nearest township of Sawai Madhopur is only 15kms away from Ranthambore. Sawai Madopur is well connected with cities like Delhi, Jaipur and Agra and regular buses and private taxi ply between these places.
Some of the other major national parks in India opening dates 2019 are:
- Panna National Park – 16 October
- Pench National Park – 16 October
- Kaziranga National Park – 01 November
- Hazaribagh National Park – 1 October
- Sanjay National Park– 1 October
- Keibul Lam Jao National Park –1 October
- Nokrek National Park – 1 October
- Satpura National Park– 1 October
- Marine National Park – 15 October
- Namdapha National Park – 01 November
- Blackbuck National Park – 15 October
- Jaldapara National Park – 15 September
As there some national park that do not close down, here are the names of some of the national parks in India that are open all round the year:
- Van Vihar National Park
- Nagarhole National Park
- Bandipur National park
- Desert National Park
- Sunderban National Park
- Madhav National Park
- Kudremukh National Park
Please take note that as the Great Himalayan National Park is placed on high altitudes, it remains open for tourists between the months of May till October. Because of being inaccessible due to snowfall, the park is closed between the months of November and April.
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